Journal #31: The Road to Launch
Hello all,
Happy September! It’s an exceptionally busy but equally exciting time at the studio. There are only a couple of months left until November, when Rise of the Tomb Raider launches on Xbox One and Xbox 360. The Lara Croft universe is also full of exciting new offerings, including Lara Croft GO, a new Lara Croft comic from Dark Horse, and fresh updates for Relic Run. Read on for more info on all things Tomb Raider and Lara Croft.
The Road to Rise of the Tomb Raider
We’ve stayed busy since E3, with dozens of new Rise-related announcements over the past few months. Check out the highlights below.

E3 Community Ambassadors: Our E3 Community Ambassadors did a fantastic job of providing global coverage from the show, as well as continued reporting after E3 concluded. Read their community bogs on Tumblr, each diving deep into a unique facet of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s development.
Limited Edition Posters: At SDCC we announced a series of limited edition Rise of the Tomb Raider posters. Created in collaboration with Xbox and four unique artists, each celebrates a pillar of play in Rise of the Tomb Raider. The first was illustrated by comic book artist Geoff Darrow, and focused on the theme of woman vs wild. The second poster highlighted tombs, and was designed by the award-winning London studio La Boca. Two are still to come, from graphic artist Frank Kozik and poster artist Tara McPherson.
Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC and PS4: In August Square Enix announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be available for Steam and Windows 10 in early 2016, and PlayStation 4 for Holiday 2016. More details on the blog.
Gamespot Features: Gamespot featured a series of in-depth looks at Rise of the Tomb Raider during Gamescom, detailing player choice in combat, our bigger and more challenging tombs, and the myths at the heart of the game.
The Prophet’s Tomb [Video]: Speaking of Tombs – you don’t want to miss this video. Setting the stage for her Siberian adventure, Lara Croft travels to Syria, following a thread that she believes leads to a prophet’s tomb. Filled with deadly traps, puzzles, and a ruthless shadow organization only steps behind, Lara must use all her skills to survive.
Preorders: Preorder offerings have started going live with retailers around the world. Read more about them and get a first peek at “card packs” on the blog.
Collector’s Edition: Our newly revealed Collector’s Edition is an incredible offering for Tomb Raider fans. Included is a full retail copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One, a 12” statue of Lara Croft, a collectible steelbook, a leather replica of Lara’s in-game journal, and a model of Lara’s pendant. Learn more and preorder here.
Get Moving with Lara Croft GO – Available Now
Building on the success of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Hitman GO, Square Enix Montreal has captured the essence of adventure in mobile title Lara Croft GO.
GO expands the turn-based puzzle gameplay and takes you on an adventure set in a long-forgotten world. Explore the ruins of an ancient civilization, discover hidden secrets and face deadly challenges as you uncover the myth of the Queen of Venom. 
You can pick up Lara Croft GO on iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile devices now. Check out the launch trailer here.
• We’ve been on the road showing off ROTTR at events around the globe. Check out photos from our cosplay gathering at Gamescom, as well as SDCC.
• Lara Croft: Relic Run keeps dropping updates for fans, including a new items and classic outfit. Read more details on the blog, and use #RelicRun across social to share your favorite gameplay moments.
• A new Rise of the Tomb Raider Play Arts Kai figure is on the way. Check out a first look at the prototype.
• Titan Books is releasing “Rise of the Tomb Raider: The Official Art Book” on November 10 in celebration of the game’s launch.
• Classic Lara returns in a new miniseries form Dark Horse Comics – Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen, kicking off October 7. Preorder here.
• Want to learn more about Rise of the Tomb Raider? Join the Official Forums and participate in our monthly developer Q&A!
Yes, Lara Croft Way is a street in Derby, but a second such location can be found in the studio.
Check out some of our favorite fan tributes of the month. Submit your art to
• Lara Croft cosplay by Francine
• “Evolution of Lara” by Hendry Roesly
• “Lara” by lestath87
• Croft Couture #41 - Evan
• “Explore your Inner Limits” by Modern0
• “Discover” by Hollow-Moon-Art
• Tomb Raider Tattoo by Art of Igor
• “We become who we’re meant to be” by I Hate Tombs
• “Tom Braider” cosplay by Isaac Cabrera
Until next time,
Meagan Marie
Twitter: @MeaganMarie

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